Wedding of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, who had an idyllic marriage, but he died at age 42, and she dressed in mourning clothes for the rest of her life.

Prince Albert Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) and Princess Alexandra of Denmark - The ultimate royal wedding

Queen Victoria Monarch | Queen Victoria, c 1839

Portrait of Queen Victoria standing in front of her gilt-wood and red upholstered chair at Drury Lane Theatre by Sophie Liénard, 1837

Portrait of Princess Sarah Forbes Bonetta taken by French photographer Camille Silvy (1834-1910) at his London studio a month after Sarah's marriage in 1862.

Queen Victoria’s Black Princess

Sara Forbes Bonetta was captured aged five by slave raiders in west Africa, rescued by Captain Frederick E Forbes, then presented as a ‘gift’ to Queen Victoria. Photograph: Courtesy of Paul Frecker collection/The Library of Nineteenth-Century Photography.

Osborne House was once the favourite royal residence of Queen Victoria, who enjoyed family breaks at the property - miles away from Windsor Castle, which she considered gloomy

Inside Queen Victoria’s Isle of Wight residence

Osborne House was once the favourite royal residence of Queen Victoria, who enjoyed family breaks at the property - miles away from Windsor Castle, which she considered gloomy.

Os Romanov e da Casa de Windsor vida útil da Rainha Victoria: tempo de vida de 1819-1901 Prince Albert: 1840-1861 Filhos: Edward VII | Victoria, princesa real, a princesa Alice do Reino Unido | Princesa Beatriz de Reino Unido | Alfred, Duque de Saxe-Coburg Gotha & | Princesa Helena | Princesa Louise, Duquesa de Argyll | Príncipe Arthur, duque de Connaught | Leopoldo, Duque de Albany

The Romanovs and the House of Windsor. Nicholas II and George V were also first cousins, their mothers were sisters. Queen Alexandra and Empress Maria Feodorovna were both Danish Princesses.

Today, Sept 9, 2015, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-serving monarch in British history.

How Do Britain's Two Longest-Reigning Monarchs Compare?

Today, Sept Queen Elizabeth II surpassed Queen Victoria as the longest-serving monarch in British history. My homegirls right here.

bbc: Images of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children-Victoria, Albert Edward, Alice, Alfred, Helena, Louise, Arthur, Leopold, Beatrice

The real story of Queen Victoria's 'domestic bliss'

1842 Queen Victoria wearing sapphire jewelry by Franz Xavier Winterhalter Winterhalter painted two similar portraits of Queen Victoria in 1842, one of her wearing a small crown and this one where she also wears Order of the Garter regalia.

1842 Queen Victoria wearing sapphire jewellery by Franz Xavier Winterhalter Winterhalter painted two similar portraits of Queen Victoria in one of her wearing a small crown and this one where she also wears Order of the Garter regalia.

Not seen too often - Queen Victoria smiling

Queen Victoria on her deathbed, and her death. The old queen remembers.

Queen Victoria’s wedding dress and wedding shoes. She set the fashion for white bridal gowns, which has continued to this day.

Queen Victoria Wedding Dress - The wedding dress that Queen Victoria wore to marry Prince Albert in February 1840 sparked a trend for white wedding dresses that is still in vogue today.

Queen Victoria by Xavier Winterhalter

"The portrait, comissioned in 1843, shows the Queen with her long brown hair loose around her shoulders, gazing into the distance.

She was just 24 when painted by the German artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter and his work was described as her husband Albert's 'favourite picture'. "

Queen Victoria: 'the secret picture'

1843 Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (Royal Collection) Prince Albert had this Winterhalter portrait of his wife, for his eyes only, hung in his bedroom. Elizabeth Longford called this portrait "Weibchein in a submissive mood".

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